Depression, retention in care, and uptake of PMTCT service in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo: a prospective cohort

Kelly A. Yotebieng, Kunuwo Fokong, and Marcel Yotebieng

Based on the hypothesis that poor mental health may affect adherence to HIV treatment in newly diagnosed mothers, this study assessed the association between prenatal depression and loss-to-follow-up and uptake of PMTCT services.  At enrollment, 11.8% of study participants reported symptoms of moderate to severe depression.  The study indicated that prenatal depression assessed was not a strong predictor of loss-to-follow-up among newly diagnosed HIV-infected women in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

November 30, 2016
Year of publication
2016
Resource types
Journal and research articles
Tags
mental health, adherence, depression, newly diagnosed, mothers, prenatal depression, treatment, antiretroviral therapy, ART, loss to follow-up, uptake of services, PMTCT, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

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